The school day will begin at 8:30 a.m., a start time that is later than our peer schools and responds to research on learning and sleep.
Research suggests that engaged, focused, deep learning requires longer class periods with fewer transitions. We put this research into practice by scheduling only four to five classes per day with 10 minutes passing time, giving the day a collegiate flow. With fewer classes in a day, homework time can be more focused.
This time is blocked off for assemblies and all-school chapels, but not every Wednesday has a community gathering. On those days, that 65-minute block of time, which we call "Time by Design," can be used in a variety of ways, self-selected by our students and for professional development for our teachers.
Students will have an hour to eat, meet with clubs, work on projects and reconnect during advisory period. The hour will also be an ideal time for special seminars and presentations.
The schedule affords structured "office hours" for students to meet with teachers to receive individual enrichment and extra help, and allows for classes to be extended when necessary for science labs, studio art lessons, and other specialized learning.
The schedule offers ample time for activities and assemblies without "borrowing" from academic periods, preserving essential teaching and learning time. Most athletic competitions will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, eliminating the impact of early dismissal on academic time.
Ten minutes between classes gives students some mental downtime, a chance to organize themselves, a moment to ask one last question, and an opportunity for social interaction, all of which research suggests should help learning. It also gives teachers breathing room to teach the following class even better.